Yate Heritage Centre: Here come the Tudors

May 29 2019
Yate Heritage Centre: Here come the Tudors

DURING July 2019 both Yate & District Heritage Centre and St Mary’s Church will be focussing on Tudor life and our heritage from that era.

St Mary’s Church will be hosting a fortnight of Tudor displays, which will also include a new guide, daily tours, 16th century music and one off performances. Parts of the church building, including remnants of the ancient stairs by the organ, will be highlighted.

On July 13 Yate Heritage Centre is proud to stage Here come the Tudors, with demonstrators bringing to life 16th century crafts, military life, hunting, Elizabethan food and clothing and even rat catching. As well as different historic activities and period singing, there will be a display looking at Yate and Sodbury during Tudor times.

So why focus on the Tudors at all? Historians will know the Tudor period ushered in dramatic change to every community in the land. The religious changes from a medieval Catholic way of life to one of a protestant Church of England were profound and affected everyone.

The physical legacy for the Yate area can still be seen: 16th century buildings, including the Grapes and Portcullis, both in Sodbury and Acton Court, are obvious Tudor buildings, but what can we see in Yate itself?

If we choose to peer beyond the modern townscape of Yate, it is clear there are Tudor remains throughout he parish. Many of our local former farms have Tudor origins. Yate Court, above, in the north of Yate parish, is a medieval foundation, but one where the main residence is chiefly 16th century, complete with extensive interior features.

Whether walking or driving around Yate parish, there is scope to pass a farmhouse with Tudor origins. Brinsham Farm was one of the three manors of Tudor Yate where local court sessions were held, while both Crowther’s and Brickhouse Farms have histories dating back to the 16th century at least.

Our local parish churches all have some physical legacy from Tudor times and we all look forward to discovering more of this, at least within St Mary’s church, in July.

For your Diaries

Until June 26: In Sickness and in Health. The history of local medicine, hospitals and staff from the 18th century to the present day.

June 1, 10.30am-1pm: YHC Friends Coffee Morning. Coffee and cakes on the green.

June 19, 7.30pm: Yate Archaeology Group, Medieval Monastic Routes, with Eddie Proctor. £3 admission or free for members of YaDAG

June 25, 7.30pm: Yate Lecture Series, Recruitment into the Napoleonic Army. Opportunities to see some material linked to the period in this hands-on session. Ian and Beryl Furey-King lead proceedings. £2 admission or free for Friends of YHC. Funded by Friends of YHC.

June 27-August 13: Youth Groups of Yate and Sodbury. Discover the rich history of some of the scouts, guides and similar groups in the area. Costumes and accessories featured from many of the groups.